Item 1 - Letters of J.B. Watchorn

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AU TAS UTAS SPARC L11-1

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Letters of J.B. Watchorn

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  • 1940-1943 (Creation)

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typed carbon copies of letters bound into quarto booklet

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(1921-1943)

Biographical history

James Bayly Watchorn (3 March 1921 - 4 October 1943) was the second and youngest son of Erskine Clarence Watchorn and Mary Wylly Bayly. He was educated at the Hutchins School, and began his law course at the Tasmanian University. He enlisted in the RAAF in December 1940 and trained in Southern Rhodesia. He completed his training in England, and
was stationed in West Africa for 12 months, before being posted back to England. He was killed whilst testing Typhoon fighters in England in 1943.

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Gift of A. Lowe, 1979

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Copies of letters of James Bayly Watchorn (1921-1943) written to his parents in Hobart while he was on active service with the R.A.A.F. The letters are exceptionally well written and reflect his feelings about his life as a fighter pilot and the people he met and include descriptions of the countries where he was stationed - Rhodesia where he trained, U.K. and West Africa - although he discreetly avoided reference to the war or his flying duties.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact Special.Collections@utas.edu.au

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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Original inventory and descriptive notes can be found at https://eprints.utas.edu.au/10954/

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CE August 2018

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